There are some free events most weeks - here's what we've found for the week of Monday to Sunday April 29 to May 5 2019.

Whether you're looking to keep the family entertained or you just fancy some entertainment without opening your wallet, here are the Durham events this week that won't cost you a penny.

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#1: Durham Dales Craft Fair, Stanhope

Head to the Durham Dales Centre in Castle Gardens, Stanhope, for the Durham Dales Craft Fair. Taking place on Friday May 3 from 11am to 3pm, the fair will have a variety of stalls selling locally made and produced items.

If you want to have a stall, contact Chris on 07813629304.

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#2: A Creative Community Event, Newton Aycliffe

Greenfield Arts is holding a preview event for people to discover how they are part of an ever-increasing creative community. Join artists from the exhibition and artists Laura Degnan, Nic Golightly and Elaine Vizor to explore what creative community means.

The exhibition 'A Creative Life' showcases creations from people who work at Greenfield Community College, looking at the creative skills and attributes they have through the work they create.

A Creative Community Event at Greenfield Arts starts on Thursday May 2 until Wednesday June 26, 10am to 9pm Monday to Thursday and 10am to 4pm Fridays.

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#3: Festival Of Steam, Locomotion

Locomotion, the railway museum at Shildon, is holding a festival of steam from Friday to Sunday May 4-6 running 10am to 5pm each day.

There'll be displays of road steam vehicles, interactive street theatre performances, information stands, family learning activities, passenger steam train rides (small charge applies) and access to cabs of selected locomotives from the national collection.

#4: Mighty Wurlitzer Annual Musical Fete

On Saturday May 4, make your way to the New Victoria Centre on High Street in Howden, near Crook, for a fun day all about the Wurlitzer. There are free Wurlitzer tours, stalls, tombola, wonderful Wurlitzer music and also fairground organs to see and hear.

It takes place between 11am and 2.30pm.

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#5: Durham Doggy Social, Whisky River

Has your family got a four-legged friend (not a horse...)? From 12-5pm on Sunday May 5 2019, you can enjoy a dog walk along the Durham riverside, then have a hot drink and slice of cake in the company of other dog owners - all for a good cause.

Run by Whisky River bar and cafe which is on the riverside in Prince Bishops Shopping Centre near Elvet Bridge, they will be handing out Durham city walking maps and collecting donations for their nominated charity, Stray Aid. A chance to socialise with your best pal in the company of like-minded people. Remember to take leads and poo bags.

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